MSA Board Letter of Solidarity with SJP
We, as board members of the Muslim Students Association and of the broader Swarthmore community, have assembled to issue a statement of solidarity with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). We would like to formally support SJP’s demands to stop the distribution of Sabra Hummus products on campus, and we urge the college to reaffirm its commitment to deshelve the products when SJP first undertook this campaign in 2012. As SJP mentioned in an article that we have linked below, the college had stopped selling Sabra products on campus after students protested Sabra’s ties to the numerous human rights violations occurring in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. However, the products have returned to campus, despite protests and petitions from the Swarthmore community.
We recognize that Islamophobia and the demonization of Muslim populations as terrorists have played a role in the justification of occupying Palestinian Territories and committing human rights violations against Palestinians. Due to this recognition, we believe the struggles that Muslims face worldwide can also be in the movement for Palestinian liberation. As board members, we vow to place our time and resources into helping aid SJP in their movement. We pledge to support SJP in their actions, such as the rally this Wednesday in Parrish at 4:15pm, and commit to attending their events at our various capacities to do so.
We encourage our members and the broader Swarthmore community to spend time in learning about SJP’s demands and the broader BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement for Palestinian liberation. We commit ourselves as board members to dedicating our time, resources, and support and encourage others to do the same. A comprehensive article about the Sabra boycott at Swarthmore can be found here. The link to the SJP petition can be found here.